A recent Grattan Institute report recommended limiting the amount of on-street parking and banning right-hand turns in congested areas to reduce the attractiveness of driving there, further reducing the price of off-peak public transport fares and increasing the cost of CBD parking. … [Read more...] about Electric cars are breaking our roads, here’s how
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By Keith Bradsher BEIJING: China’s big-money push to build ports, rail lines and telecommunications networks around the world — and increase Beijing’s political sway in the process — seemed to be running out of gas just a year ago. Now the program, called the Belt and Road Initiative, has come roaring back. Western officials and companies, for their part, are renewing their warnings that China’s gains in business and political clout could come at their expense. Chinese companies signed Belt and Road contracts worth nearly $128 billion in the first 11 months of last year, according to China’s Commerce Ministry, a 41% increase over the same period in 2018. The contracts are mostly for construction and equipment by big Chinese companies using Chinese skilled labor and loans from Chinese banks, although the projects often create jobs for local laborers as well. The latest contracts include a subway system for Belgrade, Serbia; an elevated rail line … [Read more...] about China renews its Belt and Road push for global sway
For example, earlier this year a Chinese developer's planned Queensland theme park appeared as a "key cultural trade and investment project" that upon deeper reading, also appeared linked to the Beijing's ambitious Belt and Road investment plan. … [Read more...] about What’s in Victoria’s controversial One Belt One Road agreement with China?
Bengalureans have numerous ways to reach their office. They can use their personal vehicles or even hop on to a train, Metro or bus. However, some professionals have chosen a different mode of transport to reach their workplace. They hitch a ride on trucks, even though it is quite dangerous. Ramesh Kumar, a techie working in Electronics City said, “I stay in Magadi Road. I have to stay at office till 8 pm. There are no direct buses from Electronics City to Magadi Road, and even the buses via NICE Road aren’t available at that hour. Hence, the only option is to hitchhike on NICE Road.” Ramesh is forced to wait on the road for trucks, which are frequent on NICE Road and may be willing to give him a lift. “We are forced to wait around 25 minutes on several days,” he added. NICE Road stretches from Hosur Road to Tumkur Road. However, the absence of adequate public transport is affecting the commuters, especially the techies working in Electronics City. Only … [Read more...] about What the Truck: Techies are forced to use trucks between NICE Road and Tumkur Road
Constable Amit Kumar said he was on night duty on Tuesday. While patrolling on a motorcycle with home guard volunteer Rajinder Kumar, they saw a white Mahindra Scorpio, bearing the HR-70G-0004 registration number, absurdly parked in the middle of the road opposite the Manimajra bus stand. … [Read more...] about Told to move from centre of road, three SUV occupants assault two Chandigarh cops